How difficult would it be to succeed in Pediatrics?
I am an 8th grader and I have always aspired to be in the medical field. The past few years I have been trying to narrow down exactly *what* kind of career I would like to pursue in said field, and I picked pediatrics, since I enjoy working with children. I have recently gotten accepted into a medical academy as my high school, and I feel that is a great stepping stone to begin perusing Pediatrics. The issue is, I am not completely sure if I have the right skills for it. I suppose I haven't gotten a chance yet, but what I really want to know if determination is enough to get myself through it. If I try my absolute best to understand my material for now, and eventually try to major in biology, will I succeed? #science #pediatrics
One thing to consider is that there are many paths to a career working with children. Try to get exposure to as many as you can, either in high school or in college. Yes, medicine is probably the best known route and may well be where you end up, but there is also physical therapy, for example.
Will determination alone get you to your goal? It's a very important ingredient, I would say. Being motivated will help you stay focused on your school work. But other aspects of life are important, too. Volunteering to help others in whatever capacity is open to you, practicing kindness and compassion and (very important!) asking for help when you need it are important traits also. Good luck and please keep us posted on how you are doing.
I am not a pediatrician but I wanted to congratulate you for thinking of this path to pursue this early.
I have 3 kids and we love their pediatrician. If you love working with kids then I would say go ahead and proceed with this. If you are dealing with kids, you have to be very patient and caring. Not all kids love visiting hospitals or seeing doctors especially when it's vaccine time.
You can help yourself decide by reading books or articles related to how pediatricians spend their day, what they mostly do and what their field is about.
Hope that helps! Good luck!